President Joe Biden claimed in an interview Wednesday no one was getting killed around the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, despite reports of 12 deaths in the area.
From the transcript:
STEPHANOPOULOS: Still a lotta’ pandemonium outside the airport.
BIDEN: Oh, there is. But, look, b– but no one’s being killed right now, God forgive me if I’m wrong about that, but no one’s being killed right now. People are–we got 1,000-somewhat, 1,200 out yesterday, a couple thousand today. And it’s increasing. We’re gonna get those people out:
🚨🚨: Stephanopoulos says there's still a lot of pandemonium at the Kabul airport.
— John Cooper (@thejcoop) August 19, 2021
But people are being killed right now in and around the airport in Kabul.
On Thursday, NATO officials said 12 people have been killed in and around the airport in Kabul since Sunday, prompting the Taliban to urge people to leave the airport.
“We don’t want to hurt anyone at the airport,” said the Taliban official to Reuters.
There is also violence elsewhere in Afghanistan.
An independence rally in Asdabad was disrupted after the Taliban opened fire on protesters, according to reports on Thursday.